Inventors who suffered from their inventions

Inventors are obsessed people. For the sake of their goal, they are ready to sacrifice not only time and energy. Quite often many of them were deprived of their health, or even life. And there are a lot of such examples in world history. Here are just a few examples.

  1. The first on this list, perhaps, can be called the mythical hero Icarus, who helped his father to make wings to fly away from Crete, where the cruel King Minos ruled. During the flight, Icarus forgot his father's advice, flew too high and the Sun melted the wax that held the wings together. Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.
  2. The ancient Greek coppersmith Perillus once appeared to the ruler of Akragas Falarid and offered him his invention - a huge bull made of copper. According to Perillus, it was a wonderful execution chamber. The person sentenced to death was placed inside a hollow bull, under which a fire was made. The victim slowly baked, emitting terrible screams. At the same time, the pipe system was designed in such a way that these cries resembled the roar of the bull itself. The tyrant liked this invention, it only remained to test it in practice. Not surprisingly, Perillus himself was the first victim.
  3. US military engineer Horatio Lawson Henley fought in the 1861-1865 Civil War. on the side of the southerners. In order to help his brothers in arms, Henley set about building a submarine. The first test dive ended tragically, with five out of nine crew members killed. Then the inventor decided to personally show an example of managing this apparatus. On October 15, 1863, the entire crew died, along with engineer Henley. The sunken submarine was found only 132 years later at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near Charleston harbor.
  4. Unlike Henley, the Austrian Franz Reichelt, who lived in France, was not an engineer. He was a tailor, and in his spare time he was engaged in the development of a special suit that would allow pilots to escape during a plane crash. He carried out experiments on dummies, which he dropped from the balcony of the fifth floor. Several successful attempts inspired a self-taught inventor. He began to seek permission to jump from the Eiffel Tower. On February 4, he climbed to a height of 57 meters and, to the horror of the audience, rushed down. The miracle did not happen, Franz Reichelt died.
  5. Wilm Nelson, a young inventor, worked for General Electric. ” He decided to assemble a bicycle with a motor so as not to pedal. It turned out a kind of prototype of a modern moped. During one of the test runs, 24-year-old Nelson died.
  6. On April 10, 1912, from Southampton to New York, the ocean liner Titanic embarked on his first and, as it turned out, last voyage. On board was Thomas Andrews, an entrepreneur and shipbuilder, one of the designers of the Titanic. On April 14, the Titanic collided with a giant iceberg. According to official figures, 1, 496 people became victims of the disaster. Among them was the designer Thomas Andrews. His body was never found.
  7. The driver of the Tambov Cheka Valerian Abakovsky, soon after the revolution, decided to design a motor trolley on which an aircraft propeller was attached. Abakovsky named his invention an aerial car. With insignificant fuel consumption, the railcar developed tremendous speed. On July 24, 1921, the air car was tested on the Moscow-Tula section. It was possible to get to Tula without any problems, but on the way back there was a disaster in which six people died, including Valerian Abakovsky himself.
  8. Professional Canadian stuntman Karel Susek designed a special capsule in which he descended from Niagara Falls. Despite his injuries, the stuntman survived. But, he decided on one more trick - from the top of the Reliant Astrodom stadium in Texas, Susek conceived a jump in a capsule into a specially prepared pool. True, the capsule did not fall into the center of the pool, as planned, but hit the edge. Susek died the next day from serious injuries.
  9. Michael Dars tried to design a taxi that would not be threatened by the scourge of modern roads - traffic jams. Dars took over the development of the flying taxi. The first flight took place in August 2009. There were 8 people in the cabin, including Michael Dars himself. Barely taking off, the aircraft exploded.
  10. Unlike all of the above inventors, the Scotsman Robert Watson-Watt did not die from his brainchild, although he did suffer financially. Physicist Watson-Watt became famous as the inventor of the world's first radar capable of tracking aerial targets. True, the Scotsman's invention was also adopted by the police to fight the reckless drivers. One day, a car driven by Robert Watson-Watt was stopped by a law enforcement officer and issued a speeding ticket. And the violation was recorded using radar.